Compatibility and Installation
It is exceedingly simple to install the Dracula on any of the supported GPU models. You can have a look at the following picture to find out which mounting frames you need to fasten to the cooler’s base and what mounting holes to use.
The abundance of mounting holes makes the Dracula compatible with as many GPUs as possible. However, its compatibility may be limited by the size or nonstandard positioning of components on an original PCB.
The heatsink is fastened on the GPU by means of threaded pins (there are several kinds of such pins in the product box) which are screwed into the mounting plates.
Then you apply some thermal grease on your GPU, mount the heatsink and secure it with spring-loaded nuts from the other side. You need to use a back-plate on some graphics cards but we did without one on our Radeon HD 7970. After the quick and easy procedure the Dracula was firmly seated on our card:
It made the card longer by 20 millimeters and taller by 10 millimeters, by the way.
Neither the length nor height was a problem with us, though. Next, we plugged the card into our mainboard’s PCI Express slot and proceeded to mount fans.
To do this, you replace the mounting bracket of the nearest expansion slot with the bracket included into the cooler’s box:
It is easier to install the bracket with the frame and fans already attached:
It is fastened not only with one screw from above but also with a stiffening plate on the exterior of the back panel of the system case. The resulting arrangement blocks as many as three PCI Express slots on the mainboard:
You can install 92, 120 and even 140mm fans on the frame if no mainboard components get in the way. For our tests we installed two 92mm and two 120mm fans. Let’s proceed to our testing now.